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    Drinking Bird Experiments and Studies


      A Drinking bird is a thermodynamically powered toy that imitates repeatedly a bird drinking from a water source. It is sometimes mistakenly thought of as a perpetual machine.

      Background Information

    • How does a Dippy Bird work? [View Resource]
    • Miles Sullivan: the inventor of the drinking bird [View Experiment]
    • Drinking bird - wikipedia [View Resource]
    • The Famous Drinking Bird [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Generate electricity by evaporating water using a Classic Drinking Bird - Science Fair Project [View Experiment]
    • Experiments with the drinking bird [View Experiment]
    • Modification guide for a purely solar-powered bird [View Experiment]
    • Drinking Bird Lesson Plan [View Experiment]
    • Thermodynamic Drinking Bird Demonstration [View Experiment]
    • Explanation of the Drinking Bird (video). [View Experiment]
    • Gallery of variations, and "care guide" [View Experiment]
    • Drinking Duck: Demonstration experiment (instructions and video) [View Experiment]
    • The effects of ethanol on Drinking bird [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Experiments with the drinking bird [View Experiment]
    • Finite-time thermodynamics of an instrumented drinking bird toy [View Experiment]
    • The Drinking Bird Experiments [View Experiment]
    • The thermodynamics of the drinking bird toy [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • An integration of history and demonstrations of physics into the introductory physics course [View Thesis]


    • Miles V. Sullivan designed the Drinking Bird in 1945 - filed for patent 2,402,463 on Aug 6, 1945 [View Patent]

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